1. Find a new slant on the space — go diagonal!
Try to create balance while not making everything paired up, squared up, and completely symmetrical. Placing things in twos and making them counterpoints in the space tends to make a room more formal and austere. It works for formal living rooms, dining rooms, and master bedrooms, but it’s always nice to make your home as approachable as possible. Think of mismatched groupings with odd numbers, not pairs. Offset a chair, place an accent table on the diagonal, nestle a bookcase kitty-corner to add spice and give your look a more casual, eclectic vibe.
2. Less is often more.
Thing accumulate over a year, so it’s time to downsize and remove a few pieces from your decor. This will give the room a fresh, streamlined look. By giving the furniture, artwork, or a print more room to breathe, you are actually emphasizing it more and creating focal points. As you start to curate the space, ask yourself: Do I have the right pieces? Could some of these pieces work better in other spots?
3. Live with what you love.
Collect and surround yourself with designs that make you smile — donate, recycle, sell, or give the rest away. The ultimate goal is to fall in love with every corner of your home. Sometimes things have their moment and then overstay their welcome. Maybe you love it, but it just isn’t working in your decor. If this is true, find a new home for it; give it to a friend, family member, or neighbor. This will make room for those pieces that really work, and you’ll be ready when you find them.
4. Shams are pillows, too.
Decorative pillows are not a sham — well, actually they sometimes are. Pillow covers add pops of color and pattern to a decor. Did you know that most of our bedding programs offer shams as a component? Dressier than a standard pillowcase, a sham provides decorative elements (a fun print, an intricate texture, or a quilted pattern) designed to coordinate with bedding to make artful bedscapes, but you can also can also use them as decorative pillows throughout your home. Collect the designs you are captivated by and display them along a bench, layered in window seat, or arranged on a sofa.
5. Rugs put on a floor show.
A new rug instantly updates the space and gives it a bold new look. Try a new pattern or go with a solid design. Play with texture and scale. Many of the rugs we find for our collection are “transitional,” meaning they work in many different rooms and decors. We love placing a more traditional design in a more modern space as well as anchoring classic furnishings and antiques with a graphic contemporary pattern. Rugs are a great way to introduce a vibrant splash of color or create a quiet, restful space with a neutral.
6. Add fresh greens to your design salad.
Plants and flowers add life to a space, soften harsh edges and lines, and can improve air quality. An artful arrangement or a potted flower are pleasing ways to add color to a room. A grouping of plants in various cachepots adds a lush, natural element to your decorating. From oversized floor plants to succulents on a windowsill, think scale when introducing greenery to a decor.
7. Find your right light.
Once you have lived in a space for a while, you can dramatically change the look and feel of the room by changing the light. Sometimes it’s as simple as just changing the lamp. We love a lamp or lighting fixture that has a reflective base. Try a design that’s chrome, hammered copper, or glass. If you already have the source you’re happy with, you can also play with the light by adding reflective surfaces like a mirror, a metallic accent, or a glass sculpture. Candles are also a way to create ambiance and mood within a space.
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